The History of the Future, By Wikipedia
A reference book online is one of the best ways that people can process information in a short period of time. Online reference books like Wikipedia often have a problem when it comes to reliability. Nonetheless, they should be utilized, if nothing else, to orient people toward the right sources which are sometimes available at the bottom of the page.
People should keep in mind, though, that in spite of some editorial standards, reference books online can be of problematic for people in many different situations. A reference book online can, for instance, be edited by almost anyone, depending on who it is open to. Typically, there will be some sort of central editorial board who is responsible for editing and monitoring the new information that is added, but this can be problematic for a number of reasons.
A reference book online is not the only way that people can get the information that they need, and ultimately, if they want to do a thorough job, it probably should not be the only source that people will use. Nonetheless, people should consider that a reference book online can be a good start.
The use of the phrase “a good start” is selected carefully, because using a reference book online is the start of a critical examination. It is not the end of it. It is for this reason that people will probably continue to look for the services the sources that work best for them, whether they are doing something that requires only superficial research or something which requires more in depth research. How deep they need to go depends on the scope of the project. For now, suffice to say that a reference book online is the surface beneath which everyone must scratch eventually.